Little Jibril can now swim the length of the recreational pool at the Midway YMCA on Saturday mornings. (Photo by Mitchell Lallier)

Little Jibril can now swim the length of the recreational pool at the Midway YMCA on Saturday mornings. (Photo by Mitchell Lallier)

By CAROL MAHNKE

Little eyes brighten and smiles break out when mommy or daddy say it’s time to go to the pool at the Midway YMCA Saturday mornings for swimming lessons for infants and toddlers.Mitch Lallier teaches the classes where little ones get used to the water while their parents learn how to teach the children to swim as well as becoming comfortable with their kids being in the water.
Ken Strike said his child was scared of the pre-swim shower but was delighted with being in the pool.
It’s a noisy class peppered with shrieks of delight and nursery songs like “Old McDonald” and “Hokey Pokey” as Lallier leads children and parents in a circle of movements like ‘put your chin in” and “kick, kick, kick.”
The children range in age from six months to two years.
Occasionally adults from the lap swim pool join in with the songs, and sometimes they even join the circle in the recreational pool.
Many of the little ones hesitate to jump into the pool. Only if a parent’s arms are waiting to catch them will they take the dare.
Not so with little Jibril (last name withheld) who jumps into the water, letting his head go under, almost before his mother can get into position.
Putting faces in the water is a difficult lesson for most of the children, so Lallier has them put in one side of their faces and then the other to get used to the idea
Dominique and Joel Holwaida have a pool at home so they are particularly anxious to make sure little Quinn, seven months, is safe in the water. So far, Dominique said, she loves the water.
Matthias (who withheld his last name) said he appreciates Lallier’s class as it makes both parents and children feel “safe and comfortable” in the water. Mother Lauren is qualified as a lifeguard but appreciates Lallier’s lessons.
They, too, have a pool at home.
Quinn loves the water, Lauren says.
After class parents hurry to get their little ones dry and in clothes before they go out into Minnesota’s early spring.
But even though the children often shiver as they get out of the pool, they are delighted to get back in the water the next week.

Little eyes brighten and smiles break out when mommy or daddy say it’s time to go to the pool at the Midway YMCA Saturday mornings for swimming lessons for infants and toddlers. Mitch Lallier teaches the classes where little ones get used to the water while their parents learn how to teach the children to swim as well as becoming comfortable with their kids being in the water.

Ken Strike said his child was scared of the pre-swim shower but was delighted with being in the pool.

It’s a noisy class peppered with shrieks of delight and nursery songs like “Old McDonald” and “Hokey Pokey” as Lallier leads children and parents in a circle of movements like ‘put your chin in” and “kick, kick, kick.”

The children range in age from six months to two years.

Occasionally adults from the lap swim pool join in with the songs, and sometimes they even join the circle in the recreational pool.

Many of the little ones hesitate to jump into the pool. Only if a parent’s arms are waiting to catch them will they take the dare.

Not so with little Jibril (last name withheld) who jumps into the water, letting his head go under, almost before his mother can get into position.

Putting faces in the water is a difficult lessons for most of the children, so Lallier has them put in one side of their faces and then the other to get used to the idea Dominique and Joel Holwaida have a pool at home so they are particularly anxious to make sure little Quinn, seven months, is safe in the water. So far, Dominique said, she loves the water.

Matthias (who withheld his last name) said he appreciates Lallier’s class as it makes both parents and children feel “safe and comfortable” in the water. Mother Lauren is qualified as a lifeguard but appreciates Lallier’s lessons.

They, too, have a pool at home.

Quinn loves the water, Lauren says.

After class parents hurry to get their little ones dry and in clothes before they go out into Minnesota’s spring.

But even though the children often shiver as they get out of the pool, they are delighted to get back in the water the next week.

Photos by Mitchell Lallier

lifeguard on duty - Kids On The Line Handball and Swimming

The answer is easy we are not training enough persons to be lifeguards. How do we find more lifeguards to meet the needs of our community?

First, we need to reach out and ask current swimming programs to find persons capable of passing the lifeguard screening and then get them in a lifeguard class. Second, we need to teach and train new persons that might not have the skills right now but have an interest in becoming lifeguards. Third we need to reach out to persons that have been lifeguards in the past and ask them to return to help lifeguard.

Kids on the Line wish to help out in all three area to help fill the lifeguard shortage.

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Roses delivered in the community

Original story published by the Midway monitor. See it here

The Friendship Club was started by Gary and Jean Ales over 50 years ago. Gary and Jean both graduated from Central High School. Now a new Central Sophomore student Satya Mamdani from Central and her sister Rosanna decided to be a big part of the Friendship Club by giving out Roses to the community.

For the past four years, Joseph Lallier, a junior at Eagan High School, organized with Eagan Sam’s Club to collect roses not sold on Valentine Day and give out to the community.

Satya and Rosanna Mamdani wanted to get involved in bring a little smile to people in their community. They asked if they could pass out roses at the Midway YMCA.

After they pass out roses at the Midway YMCA, the group went on to reach out to about 1,000 people by delivering them to 11 Senior Centers, police, fire and five schools.

People receiving a rose from either Satya or Rosanna could not believe that these girl took the time to give back to their community in this very special way of kindness.

Again Gary Ales and the Friendship Club turn out to help the Midway YMCA Men’s Club unload Christmas trees to help raise money for the Y programs. Over 50 people showed up the make hard work easy.

The 50 people came from seven high schools (Central, Humboldt, OWL, St. Paul Academy, Visitation, St. Thomas Academy, Eagan High School and four colleges (Concordia Women hockey team, St Kate, St. Paul College, and Inver Hills Community college). Gary said that Nikki Schilling started coming out 15 years ago as a ninth grader at Humboldt High School and now she is a fifth grade supervisor at Bruce Vento School.

When Joseph Lallier (senior at Eagan High School) was asked why he had been doing this for the past four years, he said that beside being fun it was a way a young person could give back to his community. Dave Dominick, the director of the Midway YMCA, was so thankful to all the persons that turned out to help unload the Christmas trees this year.

 

“Leadership in our community comes by being servants to others. To finding a need and filling it, by taking your gifts and sharing them with others, taking what you have plenty of and giving to others. By being active in your community and demanding the best from everyone,” observed Mitchell Lallier. “What a fun way to start the season by giving to others.

Someone brought bell necklaces and wrist bells to ring as they worked. A group broke out singing Jingle Bells and everyone joined in.

 

Minnesota 2018 World Handball Championships

Some words of wisdom from our youth handball coach Mitchell Lallier.  Its a very interesting read on how important sports are to the youth of today.

People always asked "Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports”? Well I have a confession to make; I don't pay for my kids to to do sports. Personally, I couldn't care less about what sport they do.

So, if I am not paying for sports what am I paying for?

- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don't.

- I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are "too tired" to go to their training but they go anyway.

- I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined, focused and dedicated.

- I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body and learn how to correctly fuel their body for success.

- I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good team mates, gracious in defeat and humble in success.

- I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't get that placing or title they'd hoped for, but still they go back week after week giving it their best shot.

- I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.

- I pay for my kids to respect, not only themselves, but others, officials, judges and coaches.

- I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.

- I pay for my kids to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.

- I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.

- I pay so that my kids can be in the gym instead of in front of a screen...

MN Youth Handball U of M handball clinic

We are pleased to announce that our youth handball program for 2019 on September 14th and will run until May 16th.  As usual the program will be split into two parts depending on the age and experience of our players, below is more information on the breakdown:

 

Now that the school season has officially started we would love for you to consider joining us for another great season of Urban Handball.  The program will be split into two parts depending on the age and experience of the players involved, below is a list of the breakdown of the two opportunities available to our youth:

 

University of Minnesota Rec Center  ( ages 13 -18)

123 Harvard ,Mpls

9am -11am

 

 

Midway YMCA 1pm to 3pm  ( new players and kids 5 – 13)

We hope to see all of our handball players come back and join us for another great season!  Please feel free to invite your friends and family to come and experience the sport for themselves, we are always looking for new players from all ages!

Clayland Park One Wall Celebration - handball players

We couldn’t have asked for a better day to play handball on the new Clayland Park One Wall! The experienced came to showcase their skills to a new lineup of upcoming star handball players.

We were lucky enough to be featured in Channel 5 news and which will help build awareness to the community about the new one wall.  We are hopeful that we will continue to see players come to play handball in the great outdoors.

Stay tuned for more exciting events like this to come!  Thank you for everyone that attend this event and made it possible.

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